By Kirkpatrick Sale, Tobias J. Lanz, John Sharpe
Explaining the socio-economic concept of distributism, this anthology argues that political, financial, and social liberties and freedom are penalized lower than either socialism and capitalism. With distributism—and different "third way" choices to capitalism—the human individual, the kinfolk, and the group take priority over bureaucrats and barons. Society exists for guy, now not the wrong way round.
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I struggled with what I would likely do in the real world (or what Lori Gruen, personal communication, calls the “non-ideal world”). Here is what I hurriedly wrote: “I’m leaving for Amsterdam tomorrow so let me give you a brief summary of some of my ideas about this because there are no ‘easy’ or ‘fast’ answers – in the best of all possible worlds, which this is not, such conﬂicts would be avoided or there would be enough money to take care of the problem tigers – good zoos or rehab centers with proper veterinary care – clearly this isn’t the case – so the way I see it, cutting through the chase, is that the tigers are ultimately likely to suffer different sorts of deaths because there’s no money to care for them in ways that could give them a ‘good’ life – life in a zoo would be horrible, there are no rehab centers, they can’t get the proper veterinary care, and if they’re left to their own they’ll be poisoned – so it’s a matter of our having to make life and death decisions for them, something we do for billions of other animals.
191). Non-human victims of inescapable human abuse can’t make sense The rights of sentient beings: moving beyond old and new speciesism 29 of their plight, change their circumstances, or foresee an end to their situation. These factors may exacerbate their suffering. Missing the irony, some old-speciesists contend that humans deserve special moral consideration because they’re morally superior to other animals. Non-humans rarely kill or seriously injure other animals except to survive, as when a predator kills prey.
Because it’s so important not to exclude any sentient being from moral and legal rights, every creature with a nervous system should receive the beneﬁt of any doubt and be regarded as sentient. For protection against humans, all sentient beings need legal rights, including a right to life. As previously remarked, humans kill other animals for all sorts of reasons other than need. They kill non-humans for proﬁt, information, sport. .
Beyond Capitalism & Socialism: A New Statement of an Old Ideal by Kirkpatrick Sale, Tobias J. Lanz, John Sharpe